Leaked Report Urges More Troops for Afghanistan : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

Leaked Report Urges More Troops for Afghanistan

September 22, 2009

Leaked Report Urges More Troops for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RPRN) 09/22/09 — By Al Pessin

A report from the new U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says there is an urgent need for more foreign troops and civilians, more Afghan forces and a new strategic approach to reverse Taliban gains.

The frank and mostly gloomy assessment by U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal is still officially secret, but the Washington Post published an unclassified version Monday, which it says has only a few deletions requested by the government.

In the document, the general, who arrived in Afghanistan in June, says "success is not ensured by additional forces alone, but continued under-resourcing will likely cause failure."

He writes the U.S. and NATO effort has long been "under-resourced," and that must change within 12 months or the coalition "risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible." He says a lack of even the "minimum" resources is "a recipe for failure" in a counterinsurgency," and the Taliban and related groups have made significant gains in recent years as a result.

General McChrystal says while the Afghan government and military "must ultimately defeat the insurgency," the coalition can not wait for the Afghans to be capable enough to do the job alone.

Although the Washington Post published most of the document on its website, Pentagon Spokesman Bryan Whitman declined to discuss its details, calling it "pre-decisional" and "classified." "The national security team, to include the commander-in-chief, have it. They are reviewing it. They will use it to help them make decisions about the future. The secretary (of Defense) is absorbing the assessment along with the president. If there are decisions that flow from that, they will make them at the appropriate time," the spokesman said.

Whitman would not say when General McChrystal will make his expected detailed request for more troops, or when a decision might be made.

On the president's aircraft Monday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters while the general may want more troops he does not expect a formal request for a little while. "We are going to conduct that strategic assessment and do that in a way that lays out the best path forward before we make resource decisions, rather than having this go the other way around where one makes resources decisions and then finds a strategy," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said any decision on troop levels will wait until the conclusion of a broader assessment of the way forward in Afghanistan, of which he indicated General McChrystal's document is only one part.


U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, 17 Sep 2009

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates appealed for patience, saying these are extremely important decisions, and the president should be given the time to get them right. The secretary indicated he, the president and other senior officials have sent questions to General McChrystal about his assessment, and are awaiting his answers.

Leaked Report Urges More Troops for Afghanistan


In the document, the general is sharply critical of NATO forces, saying they are "poorly configured" to fight an insurgency. He says if NATO countries continue to be "pre-occupied" with protecting their forces rather than protecting the people and accomplishing the mission, they "run the risk of strategic defeat." He says the coalition must operate "dramatically differently -- even uncomfortably differently."

He also repeats some of his earlier calls for more civilian help and a new approach by his troops that makes the security of the Afghan people their top priority. He says the coalition is in a "war of ideas," in which he says it must demonstrate its commitment and its ability to deliver security without causing undue civilian casualties.

In a VOA interview, Afghanistan Ambassador to the United Nations Zahir Tanin endorsed General McChrystal's sense of urgency, and his view that while a comprehensive approach is needed, security comes first. "From a military point of view, I think without enough resources, without the ability to stop the Taliban's advances, it would be very difficult to make any progress in other areas, including political progress in Afghanistan," Tanin said.

Ambassador Tanin said General McChrystal is in the best position to assess the security needs and if there is a need for more forces, the Afghan government must support such a request.

He also rejected concerns expressed by some, including Secretary Gates, that sending more foreign troops could alienate the Afghan people. The ambassador says the key for Afghans is not how many foreign troops there are or what strategy they implement, but whether they deliver security and defeat the insurgents.

In the report, General McChrystal concludes that "while the situation is serious, success is still achievable." But he says the effort needs "a fundamentally new approach" that is "properly resourced and supported" throughout the coalition and across military and civilian agencies.

Photo credit:
Top: Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal receives the ISAF guidon during assumption of command ceremony in Afghanistan. Photo Credit: Courtesy of US Army;
Right: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (left) and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James E. Cartwright answer questions from reporters during a press briefing in the Pentagon on Sept. 17, 2009.
DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess, U.S. Navy.

About the author:

Voice of America. The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: Article-byline, BREAKING NEWS, Politics, War

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

yWorld a New Vancouver Based Tech Company Launches Innovative Digital Conferencing Platform

Vancouver, B.C. 07/30/14 · Vancouver-based yWorld is pleased to announce that they...

Ste. Anne's Spa Nominated for Favourite Wellness Property in Canada

GRAFTON, ONTARIO 07/29/14 · Spafinder Wellness 365™ announced that Ste. Anne's Spa...

The new language exchange app is here! As easy as learning Chinese!

SAN FRANCISCO 07/23/14 · The new language exchange app ‘Social Language’ is now...

Xpressivo live on KickStarter! Get a Jolt!

SAN FRANCISCO 07/23/14 · Xpressivo: Start It Up!   Get a jolt today! Xpressivo’s new...

What’s better than distributing your press release to tons of outlets? Guaranteed AP Media Coverage!

San Francisco/Montreal/London 07/23/14 · Distributing your press release with GUARANTEED placement in...

Xpressivo: Bringing Coffee Back

SAN FRANCISCO 07/17/14 · Espresso drinkers – get excited! Now even the most...

Designz23 presenta SEO, avisos Google, Pago Por Click, sitios aptos para mĂłviles

Allentown Y Bethlehem, PA 07/16/14 · – Designz23.com se complace en ofrecer lo último...

Remapping and Insurance: What You Need to Know

LONDON, UK 07/14/14 · With turbodiesels often getting some of the very...

Are Canadian consumers getting fleeced by the life insurance industry?

Halifax, NS 07/08/14 · Consumers have had enough and they want to...

Open Casting Call for W Network’s New Reno Competition Series Game of Homes

VANCOUVER, B.C. 07/08/14 · Casting underway in Vancouver W Network and Great Pacific Television are looking...

Vegan Recipe Cookbook Celebrates 70 years of Vegan

London, UK 07/08/14 · London based health and nutrition consultancy Foods for...

Discover the Benefits of Grand Estates Auction to the Buyer

Charlotte, NC 07/07/14 · Benefits of Grand Estates Auction to the Buyer...

Why Are Brokers considering Grand Estates Auctions? Discover the benefits

Charlotte, NC 07/06/14 · The Benefit of Grand Estates Auction to the...

Grand Estates Auction Company presents Music City Glamour

Nashville, TN 07/05/14 · Redisvoer Music City Glamour: Nashville, Tennessee Nashville is more...